DOTC to meet with Uber officials over transport rules

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino (right) personally oversees on Tuesday the implementation of the odd-even scheme for provincial buses plying the stretch of EDSA. The buses will be allowed in tunnels along EDSA until January. (MNS photo)

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino (right) personally oversees on Tuesday the implementation of the odd-even scheme for provincial buses plying the stretch of EDSA. The buses will be allowed in tunnels along EDSA until January. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya wants the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to work with Uber to modernize transportation regulations.

This after the LTFRB recently cracked down on vehicles operating through Uber, an online transportation service.

“I have asked the LTFRB to reach out to Uber and seek ways to modernize our transportation rules. While the LTFRB was only doing its job in implementing the law, we also have a duty to push for modern solutions to archaic problems,” Abaya said.

Abaya said the DOTC’s role is to support new approaches to address any inadequacies in transportation.

“Regulations must keep up with fast-paced technological innovations, and one way to do that is to amend antiquated laws or policies which may no longer be responsive to today’s needs,” he said.

Abaya said he and LTFRB officials will meet with Uber officers soon, as part of efforts in an effort to modernize government’s regulatory function over vehicles for public use.

“We welcome the solutions made possible by technology in helping us meet the public’s needs. At the same time, we recognize the LTFRB for sticking to the law and performing its duties without fear or favor. Now, government must work together with innovators from the tech industry for the benefit of the people. Hopefully, we can integrate these solutions into the DOTC’s taxi reform program,” he said.

Last week, the LTFRB apprehended several Uber units, saying the company did not apply for a franchise to operate as service vehicles.

The LTFRB urged Congress to provide Uber with a legislative franchise to allow the ride-sharing service app to continue operating in the Philippines legally. (MNS)

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